Offshore Drilling and Exploration:Your Voices Will Continue to Make a Difference!
After great community opposition, the year began with the Obama administration’s excluding the East Coast from the 2017-2022 5-year leasing program for offshore energy development. But in April 2017, President Trump issued an executive order announcing plans to open more federal lands to drilling …
In January 2018, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released a draft 2019-2024 five-year leasing program (DPP)
Click here for a fact sheet of the impact offshore drilling will have on our coast.
This move is an indication that the federal government is rejecting coastal values and priorities. Since 2015, more than 140 communities, 41,000 businesses and fishing families, 10 Governors, many US Congressmen, state & local officials and thousands of residents have spoken drilling has NO PLACE OFF OUR COAST.
There are many opportunities for you to ensure this bad federal proposal does not degrade our coastal way of life and our home.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. Submit a Comment online or in writing by March 9, 2018
BOEM is currently accepting public comments on their dangerous leasing program. This 60-day comment period is an opportunity for coastal communities to make our voices heard.
Visit https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=BOEM-2017-0074 for instructions.
BOEM suggests that comments:
- Be fact-based;
- Include links to data or research;
- Provide specifics regarding impacts to the ocean and coasts, the plants and animals, to people, and how people use the ocean; and where and when the ocean is utilized.
For an example of a general letter, click here.
2. Attend one of BOEMs public meetings to discuss the proposed program.
Sadly, BOEM is planning to only host meetings in coastal state capitols. The Georgia meeting will be in Atlanta on February 28, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel.
3. Sign the petition to encourage Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to join us and his fellow East Coast Governors in opposing lease sales in the Atlantic.
4. Contact your coastal legislators asking they support a state resolution that raises up our coastal fishing industry and tourism and opposes oil and gas industry on our coast.
5. Attend a “Shore Stories” movie screening near you.
These are a collection of short films to help increase opposition to offshore drilling. There will also be opportunities for you to learn from the experts and send in your own comment letter before the March 9 deadline. (Dates and locations To Be Announced soon)
6. Ride the Bus to Capitol Conservation Day!
To learn more, visit:
- Seismic testing decimates zooplankton
- Economic analysis of impact offshore drilling will have on East Coast
- Georgia community resolutions
- Dangerous future for North Atlantic right whale
- Georgia state legislators join Southeastern fight against seismic
WITH YOUR HELP
We remain ever vigilant – working night and day to protect the coast we love. For more information on what YOU can do to protect our oceans, contact Alice Keyes, Vice President of Coastal Conservation at [email protected] or (912) 230-6494.